Aug 13, 2009 6:00am EDT
this video we have showed you all morning. texas congresswoman sheila jackson lee was at a town hall meeting. she was supposed to be listening in and directing with constituents. steve: when tracy miller, a cancer survivor, ask the question, in the middle of the question, the commerce woman took a phone call -- the commerce woman took a phone call -- the congresswoman took a phone call. >> she is not even listening. >> seriously? brian: we spoke to tracy miller earlier this morning. alisyn: tell us what the mood was as this was happening. >> people in the room were upset that she was taking a phone call. the lady behind me told cobbers woman jackson lee that she was being very rude -- told congresswoman jackson lee that she was being very rude. she snapped back at the elementary she said she could multitask. -- south back at the woman. she said she could multitask. steve: she said the reason she was on the phone was because she had called into a health-care hot line to ask for an answer to question. does that sound right to you? did it seem like she called into the hot line to ask a question
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
in the right direction. >> sheila jackson lee is having a town hall meeting. she is sitting there talking on the phone. a person is asking her a question. this is like what seems like the beginning of this thing. believe it or not, we are watching her on the phone, right? there is a woman asking her a question about health care. it seems on its face to be very -- well, yeah. thanks, angie. rude. i am trying to find the words. >> rude, awkward? >> it is not awkward. i tell this to my kids all the time, stop texting or get off the phone when your mother or father or an adult is talking to you. that's not something you want to do. at the very least, its improper telephone etiquette. >> what was the question? what's the full scoop? >> the question doesn't come into play. it was a fair question that was being asked of her of someone who wanted to know more about health care and was asking her a question about how much it is going to cost americans. rather than listen to the question, she was talking on the phone, which seems on its face to be inappropriate. now, she may have a perfectly good e
Aug 13, 2009 4:00pm EDT
a distraction. but what sheila jackson lee has done is not because sheila jackson lee has a consistent history of serving her constituents. >> okay. >> and i served that lady by having a town hall meeting that she could come to in the middle of the day. >> i get it. >> i look forward to working with you. >> we are out of time. congresswoman, very courageous of you to come on. i know it's a difficult thing. wolf blitzer is standing by. he, too, will be covering stories like this in "the situation room." >>> rick, thank you. happening now, something the white house is doing raising some eyebrows out there. it involves health care reform and possibly your e-mail inbox. >>> a convicted bomber seeks mercy. he's in prison for a notorious terrorist act, the bombing of pan am flight 103, killing a lot of americans. now outrage. he may soon be set free after serving only about eight years. >>> and plane down. it ditches in the middle of the sea, and a pilot stands on the plane as it sinks. you might not believe what happened next. one witness said, and i'm quoting now, i thought i'd witnessed death. i'